The Gin Game
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The Gin Game

The Gin Game NYC Reviews and Tickets

(207 Ratings)
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Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Absorbing

About the Show

Tony winners James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson return to Broadway in this Pulitzer winner about strangers who become friends over gin rummy, until their games become a battleground of exposed failures and insecurities.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (207)

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230 Reviews | 46 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if you love great acting

Don't see it if you don't like small productions with a slow moving story

110 Reviews | 16 Followers
Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if The show was absolutely fantastic.

Don't see it if You are looking for a concert.

89 Reviews | 22 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to see an American classic performed by two icons of American theater! Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones are not to be missed!!

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical.

336 Reviews | 45 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if you want a good laugh

Don't see it if you only like musicals

55 Reviews | 72 Followers
Enchanting, Hilarious, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you enjoy masterful performances and are prepared to laugh. From start to finish I was enchanted by Tyson and Jones.

Don't see it if you are looking for grand theatre, or are uncomfortable with explorations of the aging, and their lives.

69 Reviews | 18 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you adore watching two redoubtable actors of legendary status have the time of their lives verbally sparring with one another.

Don't see it if slightly dated material and a somewhat predictable plot get under your skin.

155 Reviews | 32 Followers
Funny, Great acting, Masterful, Suprising

See it if you are ready for a Master Class in acting from a 90 years young and her 84 years young counterpart

Don't see it if you're not ready to see older people as people and no just cute - yes there is cursing

127 Reviews | 888 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Enchanting, Funny

See it if you enjoy great acting. It's a two-hander about two senior citizens who meet, and the co-dependent relationship that develops between them.

Don't see it if a quiet, slowly-paced show with a small cast, a simple set and very little story underwhelms you.

Critic Reviews (40)

The New York Times
October 14th, 2015

"Despite its comic overtones, 'The Gin Game' presents a clarifying portrait of the loneliness that may come with age, and the difficulties of forging a relationship when our personalities have quite naturally become calcified by experience. As the moving performances of Mr. Jones and Ms. Tyson bear out, playing the hands we are dealt with equanimity is much easier when we are still sure that there will be many more hands to play."
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Time Out New York
October 14th, 2015

"D.L. Coburn’s play was a hit in 1976, but it’s thin as a needle, with a sharp point at the end on which its poignancy relies. Leonard Foglia’s revival lacks that sense of purpose in its shape. The age of the actors perhaps makes them slower and cuter than might be ideal; the result is likable but shambling. In gin, after all, having a king and queen in your hand is not enough to win; they need to be built into a sequence. That sense of order is not in these cards."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 14th, 2015

"Whether Jones and Tyson are having memorization problems I cannot say, but the production is so lame and misguided (by the director Leonard Foglia) you would almost prefer that they suddenly started ad libbing selections from far better work each of them has done. As it is, they stick at least to the outlines of the script."
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The Wall Street Journal
October 15th, 2015

"Light on tragedy and heavy on comedy—at least in this version—it’s an infallible vehicle for two aging stars who can lay on the charm...Unfortunately, Leonard Foglia, the director, seems not to understand that there’s more to 'The Gin Game' than jokes...The results are hard to resist, but too soft-edged to bring true tears."
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October 16th, 2015

"Under Leonard Foglia’s sensitive direction, the actors give their all to an almost-good play...Jones is more tentative here than usual, more halting in his speeches, more brittle than we expect Weller to be. Several exchanges faltered because of that, losing the snap necessary, and as a result, the play seemed even more schematic and predictable than I’d remembered. Still, there’s great pleasure in seeing these two masters duking it out over a card table. Call it a straight flush, if not quite a royal one."
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New York Daily News
October 14th, 2015

"Under Leonard Foglia’s direction, Tyson and Jones hit all the right notes of charming, amusing, ornery and scary. Along the way Jones and Tyson hold you, like the cards, in the palm of their hands."
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October 14th, 2015

"It’s true what they say about bona fide stars like Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones — they could indeed hold us spellbound simply by reading the New York telephone book. Not that 'The Gin Game' is as insubstantial as the contents of the phone book. But despite having won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, this two-hander really is a slip of a thing, elevated to dramatic art by captivating Broadway performances from two of the most enchanting actors you’d ever hope to see on the same stage."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 14th, 2015

"D.L. Coburn's two-hander is so slight it might almost evaporate as it's unfolding...What keeps the slender piece engaging is the delicate dance between Jones and Tyson...Foglia leans heavily on the humor, perhaps dimming some of the more emotionally affecting notes and making the shift into sobering home truths and self-recriminations somewhat abrupt. But there's no denying the crowdpleasing pleasure of watching these two masterful actors."
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